An official reception of the occasion of the National Day of the Republic of Azerbaijan "28 May - The Republic Day" was held on May 30, 2016 at Hotel Okura Tokyo.
Representatives from Imperial Household, seniour officials of the government of Japan, Diet members, members of diplomatic corps, private companies, NGO's, media representatives, as well as Azerbaijani diaspora members attended the reception.
Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mr. Gursel Ismayilzada made the speech at the reception. He said that the adoption of the “Declaration of Independence” of Azerbaijani Democratic Republic, the first republic with a democratic parliament throughout the Muslim East was established 98 years ago on May 28, 1918. Ambassador pointed out that Azerbaijan restored its independence on 18 October 1991 adopting the “Constitutional Act on State Independence”. He elaborated on the development of Azerbaijan under the leadership of Mr. Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Gursel Ismayilzada stressed the importance of the bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Japan.
Then Mr. Kenji Kosaka, Secretary General of the Interparliamentary Friendship League, Diet member and Mr. Kaoru Shimazaki, Ambassador, Chief of Protocol of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan made the speeches and congratulated all Azerbaijani people on the occasion of the National Day.